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Gary set the record straight with Mike Willman on TVG here is a transcript of the part pertinent to the AP story from 12/16..

Willman did this interview right after Gary's back-to-back wins at Hollywood yesterday (12/17)

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MW: Let’s talk about your riding and what’s going on, there’s been some confusion as to your status going into the winter, what’s going on Gary?

GLS: Well, unfortunately, there was a report from the AP released yesterday and I got about ten phone calls after the evening news last night that I was retiring or taking an extended holiday. At this point right now, I don’t have anything on paper about the acting stuff coming up, and I’m going to continue to ride indefinitely. I’m keeping all my options open right now, but for the time being, I’m a jockey, I’m enjoying doing it, I had a blast today, and as long as I can ride these kind I’m going to keep doing it.

MW: Well, I’m glad to hear that Gary, I’ll tell you what, the paper, I take it home, right on the front of the sports section it had a quote from you, saying that by mid-January you were going to be taking a leave of absence but that’s just not the case, huh?

GLS: That’s not the case. I spoke to Beth, the lady from the AP, and it was a wonderful article that she had written about me, unfortunately, she read into our conversation what she, those were her quotes, and I spoke to her last night, there was a retraction released late last night so hopefully everything will be cleared up tomorrow. I know on the eleven o’clock news last night all the channels reiterated what I just told you, and let everybody know that I’m here to stay for awhile.

MW: Gary seriously, at this point in time now, you took some time off after the Breeder’s Cup October 25th to freshen up, you had some residual effects from that terrible spill at the end of the Arlington Million, are you enjoying riding now maybe as much as you ever have?

GLS: Oh, definitely, when I get time to freshen up, it’s the best thing for a person. We can’t go year ‘round, especially myself nowadays, when I’m happy I’m winning races and when I get bored with what I’m doing it becomes work and you don’t perform as well, and you know, I had the time off when I was doing a movie earlier this spring, came back and rode well, and then I had the bad injury and probably really wasn’t ready to come back when I did, I had my reasons for doing it but I was able to take two months off after that and I’m back, I feel great right now, and I’m having fun.

MW: I’ll tell you what Gary, when I think of you and your career and the remarkable achievements you’ve had and the way you’re handling things these days, kind of reminds me of the Frank Sinatra song, you’re doing it your way, you’ve staked out this turf, and when you need some time you’re going to go ahead and take it.

GLS: I’ve been very, very fortunate with the people that I ride for, they’ve been great with me, they know how I am, and you know, they’ve afforded me the luxury of taking time off when I need it, and I get a lot of support from some great people, Bob Baffert is always there for me, Jeff Mullins is there for me, and great owners, so you know, it’s a great spot to be in and I’m enjoying it.

From USA Today:
Jockey Stevens to set aside riding for acting
By Beth Harris, The Associated Press
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/horses/2003-12-17-stevens-acting_x.htm

Daily double good bet here - SEABISCUIT COLLECTOR'S EDITION
From the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal:
http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/entertainment/7482662.htm

Stevens scores stakes win on first day back http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?
recno=40616&subsec=2

Here is more detail in the race itself from the DRF:Excess Summer takes On Trusthttp://www.drf.com/news/article/52128.html

A Furturity preview, also from the DRF:
http://www.drf.com/news/article/52112.html

After weeks of nothing, he's suddenly everywhere:

This, out of Louisville, mentions Gary in an article about promoting racing. It includes what seems to be a file photograph, although it's a good one that I've not seen before:
http://www.courier-journal.com/business/news2003/12/11/biz-front-marketing11-5596.html

Here's confirmation that Gary will be up and at em' even before the Malibu. He'll be riding That's an Outrage in the December 20th Hollywood Futurity:
http://www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20031211/APS/312111131

And, says ESPN, if you happen do your partying at the Beverly Hills Hotel Monday nights, you just might catch a glimpse of our boy:

http://espn.go.com/horse/news/2003/1211/1684260.html


GARY STEVENS IS NOW telling West Coastaneers that he plans to return to the saddle on Dec. 26, the opening day of the Santa Anita winter meet. The gods-defying luck-presser hasn't ridden since Breeders' Cup Day at Santa Anita. ..
Chicago Sun Times

Stevens, Buddy Gil team up again

http://www.drf.com/news/article/52007.html

Grade 1 winner Buddy Gil worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:12 2/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens aboard. The move was the best of 14 who went the distance on the day.


http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=19532

Seabiscuit named one of year’s top films
Seabiscuit has been named one of the top ten films of 2003 by the National Board of Review, the Hollywood Reporter reported. The movie, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling novel Seabiscuit: An American Legend, stars Tobey Maguire, Gary Cooper, Jeff Bridges, William H. Macy, and jockey Gary Stevens. It was directed by Gary Ross, who also wrote the screenplay. The film was ranked ninth on the list, which included the Clint Eastwood-directed Mystic River, Master and Commander: The Far
Side of the World with Russell Crowe, and The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise.

Here's a nice piece about a young jockey Gary took into his home and helped launch ias a professional.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20031130-9999_1s30horsecol.html

It is not available online but there is a great article on Gary in the Ocober 27th
SPORTSILLUSTRATED.

From the DRF
Stevens to take 'extended vacation'
http://www.drf.com/news/article/51308.html

From Reuters:
Seabiscuit star finds life too close to art
http://tinyurl.com/u2x7

From Scotland
"And what a revelation great jockey Gary Stevens is in the role of Woolf"
http://www.sport.scotsman.com/racing.cfm?id=1208952003

Frrom Ireland
http://www.showbizireland.com/news/october03/30-seabiscuit01.shtml


Seabiscuit role a piece of cake for Stevens
By Robert Philip

http://tinyurl.com/tf8o (This is an excellent and revealing article)

Will Buckley
Sunday November 2, 2003
The Observer On screen, on track

An acting role in Seabiscuit, the film about a 1930s racehorse that has been a huge smash in the United States, has changed Gary Stevens' life. At 40, Stevens is one of the world's top jockeys - now he's thinking about a new career ...
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4787806-108367,00.html

From BBC Sport - Movie Review
Seabiscuit on track for glory

By Scott Burton
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport1/hi/other_sports/horse_racing/3220713.stm

Seabiscuit opens in London on Friday 31 October and nationwide on 7 November.
This is a really nice article and has a "glamour" shot of Gary - looks like it might be left over from the PEOPLE Magazine photo shoot.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport1/hi/other_sports/horse_racing/3219037.stm

This is from the BBC—it’s an interview with Tobey McGuire and has this very
sweet, very funny story about Gary:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2003/10/10/tobey_mcguire_seabiscuit_interview.shtml

Here is a photo of Gary at the premier: (click through a slide show to photo #6 to get to Gary
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/horse_racing/photo_galleries/3219417.stm


And here’s a link to a BBC RealPlayer video about the movie. It includes an interview in which Tobey McGuire mentions Gary.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/video/39500000/rm/_39500411_seabiscuit08_yeoman_vi.ram


New York Daily news:

“It's a nice story, and it could get much nicer.If it ever becomes a movie, they have to make the jockey a Gary Stevens type.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/v-pfriendly/story/130328p-116428c.html

 

Chicago Tribune:

“Stevens Aboard Horse That Nearly Cost Him His Life.”Julie Krone has some wonderful things to say about Gary and Storming Home’sperformance in the Clement L. Hirsch.

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/7098241.htm
?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

 

L.A. Daily News: “Stevens Plans Rest”
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~29583~1714168,00.html

Los Angeles Times: ( You need to register to seee the story but it is free)
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-stevens22oct22,1,5206065.story

Baltimore Sun:
http://www.sunspot.net/sports/horseracing/bal-sp.breeders23oct23,0,5534109.story
?coll=bal-sports-horse


Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8695-2003Oct23.html

Stevens' story feels right at this Breeders' Cup
By Tim Price, CommentaryFort Worth Star Telegram: (pulling for Gary to win the Shoemake Award)

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/7092713.htm

San Diego Union Tribune
Stevens calm in the wake of Storming Home's tumult
By Hank Wesch
October 24, 2003

http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20031024-9999_1s24breeders.html

And this is from TVBarn.com:
Success of 'Seabiscuit' and Funny Cide pace Breeders' Cup hopes
posted by Gary Dretzka October 24, 2003 04:10 AM
http://www.tvbarn.com/archives/015994.html

10/27 - Neil Drysdale said Sheikh Maktoum’s multiple Grade/Group 1 winner Storming Home (GB) (Gary's mount) would not race again after suffering a heel injury while finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). The son of Machiavellian will stand his first season at Nunnery Stud near Thetford, Norfolk, England, for $16,978.

10/26 - Stevens to attend British premiere of Seabiscuit
Racing Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who portrayed racinglegend George “The Iceman” Woolf in the movie Seabiscuit, will beamong several jockeys attending the British premiere of the movie,which will benefit three racing charities, on Monday at Warner Village, Leicester Square in London.

10/25 - Gary had a long day at the Breeders’ Cup. Tough breaks and antsy mounts cost him a stop in the winner’s circle, but he rode well and is now enjoying a much-deserved hiatus from the saddle to promote Seabiscuit’s European premiers. "I've got a really good feeling that after this weekend, I'm going to hit a wall," Gary said earlier in the week.

NBC’s Breeders’ Cup coverage was a boon for Gary’s fans, as commentators often mentioned his new acting career and cameras in the jock’s room caught rare glimpses of his pre-race preparations.

Sprint

Gary’s mount, Zavata, was a longshot at 25-1 and set a scorching pace off the first post position—twenty-one seconds at the first quarter pole. As the field reached the finish line, however, Zavata tired despite Gary’s urging and finished twelfth.

Mare/Filly Turf

Gary and the filly Musical Chimes performed brilliantly in the Yellow Ribbon and were favored for this event at 9-1. An edgy Musical Chimes initially refused to load, however, and leapt at a point in the course in which the turf crossed over a ribbon of dirt. Although Gary expertly steadied the filly, she ran into traffic early along the rail and Gary had to check her. She lost momentum and fell back for the rest of the race, coming in eleventh.

The Turf

Gary had to be frustrated with the way the Turf race shook down. Expectations were high for Gary and Storming Home, the horse that threw him in the Arlington Million, then later won the Clement L. Hirsch in convincing fashion. The pair were the favorites at 9-5 as the post parade began; Storming Home was fidgety in the gate but ran well in a tight pack after the bell rang. Storming Home put up a tough battle, eventually tiring as a triple photo finish captivated the crowd for over ten minutes while stewards sorted out the closest finale in Breeders’ Cup history.

Gary was initially mystified by Storming Home’s seventh-place performance; he has tightly bonded with the colt and has emphasized several times that the mount was the only reason he pushed to come back from his injuries as quickly as he did.

"I was getting bumped around early on. Sulamani was trying to get out," Gary said after the race. “We had a smooth trip other than getting bumped around early on. He just flattened out on me. I don't know why.”

Later, however, trainer Neil Drysdale revealed that Storming Home had suffered an injury early in the race, banging hooves with his main rival, Sulamani. "First Sulamani banged into him and then they clipped heels in the clubhouse turn," Drysdale said the day after the race. "At first we thought it was a very strange performance because we could not see the injury because his foot was covered in dirt. Then later we saw blood but we still didn’t realize how bad it was until we cleaned it off. He injured the bulb of his heel on his right hind."

The Classic

Gary and Perfect Drift began the day at 5-1 odds. Although slightly whirly before loading, Perfect Drift sat quietly awaiting the start of the race and burst through a tightly packed break, running well until the first turn, where Julie Krone and Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Funny Cide went wide, taking Gary and Pat Day on Ten Most Wanted with them.

“There was a big melee out of the gate,” Gary said after the race. “(Perfect Drift) is a big, strong horse and he escaped out of that.

“Going into the first turn, Funny Cide came up inside of me and he was real rank. He just kept knocking me out and knocking me out. I was six wide and finally I just eased back. He’s a hell of a horse to put up with what he did and still run on like he did.”

Perfect Drift crossed the finish line in sixth place.

Winning jockey Alex Solis, aboard Pleasantly Perfect, knew to keep an eye out for Gary: “When we got to the backside,” Solis said, “right away I started looking to see who I should follow. Right away I saw Gary Stevens on Perfect Drift in front of me. I said, ‘That’s one of the horses to beat,’ so I followed him. Gary is a great rider, and he went to the inside and I followed him around the turn. At the quarter pole he was asking his horse; it seemed like he wasn’t responding very much. I said, ‘It’s time to go now.’”

True to form, Gary stopped off to congratulate trainer Richard Mandella on his day's record-breaking four wins before hightailing it to an England-bound plane. Gary will be on red carpets in Ireland and Australia and says that he’ll “evaluate things” while abroad, but fear not: “You won’t be hearing Gary Stevens announcing any retirements anytime soon,” he told reporters.

NBC profiled Gary’s experiences aboard Storming Home as part of its five hours of Breeders’ Cup coverage, emphasizing just how close Gary came to death on the day of the Arlington Million.

“I see a hoof coming straight for my face and I said, ‘I’m gonna get killed,’ Gary said as footage of his horrific spill unspooled. “I conceded. I said, ‘That’s it.’

“The horse’s hoof just came down across my clavicle and stepped on my chest. It just basically burst my lung.

“I was dying. They were saying something to the effect that they were losing me. I was most scared about the people I love.”

Gary also spoke about how the spill briefly affected his desire to race. “I’ve had twenty-five good years of this,” he said, “and I’ve won Derbys and Breeders’ Cup races and everything else, and there comes a time when (I was thinking) ‘All right, how much do I want?’”

NBC focused on Gary’s locker in Santa Anita’s jockey room as he continued to discuss the accident’s aftermath. “Three days in the hospital… I fly home and within six days I’m thinking about getting on horses again. When I walked in the jock’s room on the first day back and I saw all my boys in there… that’s what’s love’s all about.

“I’ve been going inside that jockey’s room since I was sixteen years old, and it’s a way of life for me.”

10/24 - Gary was an excellent guest on the WORKS on TVG with a number of insightful comments. He was embarrased as he was wearing bluejeans with a coat and tie. He apologized explaining that on Larry King live, Larry was wearing jeans because they were hidden behind a desk. He assumed he would be behind a desk but instead he was perched on a bar stool for all to see,

10/20: At Bill Shoemaker's Santa Anita memorial service, Gary spoke of his introduction to the So. California jockey colony in 1980: "Nobody had talked to me and I was intimidated," he said. "Then they had a doubles pingpong tournament (in the jocks' room) and I'd only been playing for three weeks. They drew for partners and it was me and Shoe. "I was horrified. But in one afternoon, he taught how me to be competitive, in pingpong and in riding."

Gary also thanked Amanda, Shoemaker's daughter, for inspiring her father.

"It was because of you he gave us 12 more years," Stevens said, referencing the 1991car accident that left the legendary jockey a quadriplegic


10/19: “There’s no changes since the last time I rode him or the first time. I love him,” said jockey Gary Stevens of STORMING HOME. “He’s a special horse and I’m looking forward to riding him in the Breeders’ Cup.” This is the colt who spooked - possibly from an illicit flashing device in a camera - and unseated Gary strides before the finish line of the Arlington Million. They were in the lead at the time of the accident. See photo>>


10/18 - Perfect Drift, Gary’s mount for the marquee event of the Breeder’s Cup, was busy at Churchill Downs at the end of the week, putting in five furlongs in just 1:00. His trainer, Murray Johnson, had every reason to be pleased and once again spoke glowingly of Perfect Drift’s chances with Gary on board.

“We felt he was the man for the job,” said Johnson. “He’s patient, and knows when to push the button. He’ll keep his head about him. He knows what he’s sitting on.”

Perfect Drift will ship to Santa Anita this Thursday. “We’ve just got to have a good trip out there and then a good racing trip,” Johnson said.


10/18 - Gary made a terrific appearance on Saturday’s Larry King Live with retired jockey Chris McCarron and horse owner/celebrity Breeder’s Cup host/game show maven Merv Griffin. It was one of the first major television interviews Gary has given since his spill in August, and he looked well-rested and ready for a busy Breeder’s Cup on Saturday.

READ THE TRANSCRIPT>>

-The handicappers weigh in:

Jay Cronley of ESPN.com and Andy Belfiore of the NJ Ledger like Perfect Drift in the Classic.

Scott Finley and Bob Neumeier (NBC Sports) like Storming Home in the Turf.

Joe Nolan of the Oakland Tribune is putting his money on Storming Home and Perfect Drift.

Ralph Siraco of the Las Vegas Sun likes Storming Home in the Turf, too. I like the way he explains why at http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/births/2003/oct/24/515777802.html:

“Americans Storming Home, Johar and The Tin Man carry the home banner. On CNN's Larry King Live show, jockey Gary Stevens said that his spectacular spill from Storming Home -- resulting in vertebrae damage and a collapsed lung -- gave him pause for retirement. But, he returned to the saddle just to ride Storming Home in the Breeders' Cup. That's good enough for me.”

Andy Beyer likes Musical Chimes in the Filly and Mare Turf:

 


Jockey Stevens touted as one of world’s most beautiful people


Gary Stevens has officially joined the ranks of the world’s most beautiful people, at least according to People magazine.

The Racing Hall of Fame jockey sheepishly shrugged his shoulders and flushed slightly on Friday when asked about his inclusion in People’s annual issue featuring what it bills as the 50 most beautiful men and women of the world. Actress Halle Berry is featured on the magazine’s cover while Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Britney Spears, Reese Witherspoon, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are among those joining Stevens on the exclusive list.

"I have no idea," Stevens said when asked how he was selected for inclusion in the issue. His role as legendary jockey George "The Iceman" Woolf in the upcoming feature movie Seabiscuit apparently focused Hollywood-style attention on the 40-year-old Idaho native whose blue eyes punctuate his chiseled face.

"My publicist called me about a month ago and told me People magazine was coming out to do a shoot for a special edition and I said, ‘What special edition?’ " Stevens recalled. "And she said, ‘The 50 most beautiful people,’ and I said, ‘Get out of here!’

Stevens is considering pursuing more acting roles after Seabiscuit, which is set to premiere in late July. For now, however, he is concentrating on riding Buddy Gil in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) after steering Santa Catarina to a second-place finish in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1).

"The horse is doing great now," he said of Buddy Gil. "I just want to get through this weekend and let everything else take care of itself."

Courtesy of the Thoroughbred Times Daily News ( 5/4/03)
Michele MacDonald

 


9/27 - Gary rode STORMING HOME to victory in the CLEMENT L. HIRSCH MEMORIAL TURF CHAMPIONSHIP S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park and this time STORMING HOME stayed straight and won. This is the same horse which shied in the Arlington Millioin causing Gary's terrifying fall at the finish line. The Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) is the next target for Storming Home.

Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens (3), en route to winning the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Sunday at Santa Anita.
Photo: AP/Benoit


9/6/03 - Gary Stevens named to the first Washington Hall of Fame class. Jockey Gary Stevens and champion Chinook Pass are among 12 members of the first induction class into the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.

9/4 - With one mount on Friday, Racing Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is scheduled to return to riding, less than three weeks after he suffered a collapsed lung and fractured vertebra when he fell from Storming Home (GB) (Machiavellian) in the Arlington Million Stakes (G1) on August 16. Stevens is booked to ride Fly to the Wire (Birdonthewire)

8/28 - Gary got back in the saddle this morning at Del Mar as he continues his recovery. He also wants to set the record straight that at no time has he considered himsel some sort of Hollywood "star" concerned about his appearance. Riding comes first and that is his focus.

8/23 - Jockey Gary Stevens continues to recover from a collapsed lung in his Southern California home following his Tuesday morning discharge from Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Stevens suffered his injury on Saturday when his mount, Storming Home (GB), spooked at the wire in the Arlington Million (G1). Storming Home finished first but was placed fourth for interfering with horses behind him. Stevens was nearly trampled to death, but he escaped with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebra. Arlington Park Chairman Richard Duchossois flew Stevens and his family home on the Duchossois private jet.

"I’m a little uncomfortable right now, but after seeing the spill myself, I’m glad to be alive right now," Stevens said during an afternoon teleconference.

Stevens said that he has no recollection of the incident. The last thing he remembers is reaching the top of the stretch thinking that he was going to be the winner. Stevens will most likely miss up to a month race riding because of his injuries, but he has every intention of returning.

"I think one month is the maximum," Stevens said. "They want to make sure the lung has plenty of time to heal, and I still have some tests that need to get done."

Stevens would have been the rider aboard Candy Ride (Arg) in Sunday’s Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) at Del Mar. Instead,

"I’ve spent a lot of time working Candy Ride, and I was looking forward to the race this weekend," Stevens said.

Gary played Red Pollard this time instead of George Woolf, helping subsititute rider Jule Krone understand Candy Ride who ran off with the race with ease.

"I just wanted her to know that you could run this horse to San Francisco and back," Stevens said. "She breezed him the other day and she felt the power. But she needed to know how fit he was. "The main thing I told her was if Bailey tries to sneak away at the half, just attack. I said: 'Attack.'

"It's like a match race when you're seeing how good your competition is. Take the battle to them. And the race was over at the three-eighth pole.

"She rode him to a T."

The race developed, just as Stevens had told Krone it would and trainer Ron McAnally and owners Sid and Jenny Craig envisioned it. Bailey did try to sneak away with Medaglia d'Oro, and Krone and Candy Ride attacked and prevailed.

Steven's Jockey Agent says that Gary shopuld be back riding by early September if healing goes as expected.

SEABISCUIT

FIRST COMMENTS after the July 19 screening in Lexington, KY

“I thought he pretty much stole every scene. He did a terrific, terrific job. I always thought he had a lot of presence and charisma. I’ve seen him do media about his real riding and the camera loves him, he’s so well spoken. I just hope we don’t lose him completely to an acting career.”

National Thoroughbred Racing Association Commissioner Tim Smith on the performance of jockey Gary Stevens in his role as George “The Iceman” Woolf in “Seabiscuit.” Stevens has openly talked in recent weeks of giving up his Hall of Fame riding career in favor of becoming a fulltime actor

Watch for the August issue of VANITY FAIR!

Stevens may give up riding for acting career

Michele MacDonald Thoroughbred Times

Gary Stevens has ridden into the Racing Hall of Fame by taking risks and making the right choices while successfully piloting some of America’s best racehorses over the last two decades. Now he faces a choice that involves the risk of changing his life drastically—a decision that could end his career in the saddle in favor of one in front of cameras as an actor.

Hot off his starring role as legendary rider George "The Iceman" Woolf in the movie Seabiscuit, which will be released later this month, Stevens has found himself in the vortex of a celebrity whirlwind.

The August issue of Vanity Fair features him in a photograph shot in New York during the week before the Belmont Stakes (G1) in which he sits on a horse, facing the tail, with his shirt off in what he described as a "flirtatious pose." From July 9-11, he planned to take off from riding to participate in a press junket promoting Seabiscuit, including appearances on the "Entertainment Tonight" and "Extra!" television shows. And he will be able to claim for nearly a year that he is one of People magazine’s 50 most beautiful people, an accolade he earned just days before the Kentucky Derby (G1).

"I’m going to have to make a decision here shortly," Stevens said on July 3 as he weighed whether to give up riding for acting.

"The racing is going unbelievable for me [but] I can’t focus 100% on riding if things continue like they have for the past 3 1/2 weeks," he said before indicating that he perhaps has already made the decision.

Stevens signed up with the International Creative Management (ICM) talent agency about a month ago and hired a theatrical attorney, a publicist, and a manager. ICM has represented such movie luminaries as Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, and Denzel Washington.

"I’m enjoying it. Who wouldn’t at age 40?" Stevens said of his newfound celebrity in Hollywood. "I’m going to give it my best shot and see what comes of it."

Although Stevens said he wants to continue riding his top mounts through the end of 2003, he already is pondering more acting roles. A television project that he said is being developed by two "great writers" and "some pretty powerful people," including several involved with Seabiscuit, currently has his attention as work that would be "really, really fun."

"I’m having a blast," he declared of the entertainment business. "I’m having the time of my life.


7/4- Hollywood Park: Argentine-bred Candy Ride defeats Special Ring in the American Handicap

Benoit Photo

Jenny and Sidney Craig's Candy Ride took a major step toward the head of the Southern California handicap division with an impressive victory in the American Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf.

The undefeated Argentine 4-year-old colt won his fifth straight race and his second in the United States.

"The jets got cranked up at the half-mile pole and they just kept cranking," said winning rider Gary Stevens. "He gives me a heck of a good feeling."

"The Craigs wanted a Pacific Classic horse and Ron got them one," Stevens enthused

"He's really serious," Stevens said. I worked him prior to his last race by that was on the same day as the Belmont Stakes. Fortunately, I got the mount back. He's special. I've been on some good ones, but he gives me a feeling not many do.

Gary Stevens wins at ROYAL ASCOT in the JERSEY S.-G3 aboard
MEMBERSHIP, a three year old colt bythe US sire Belong to Me.

MEMBERSHIP benefitted from the full Gary Stevens treatment to power away with this competitive contest. For conditioner Clive Brittain, the jockey booking was the vital factor. “We came here with a great chance and I said to Gary just hold him up, hold him up and hold him up again and when they’ve gone, you go,” he explained. “I saw Gary was available and I clapped my hands because here is a jockey with a racing brain and the timing that would put this horse in front, so I’m not surprised.” Breaking well, the longshot settled in a stalking role under cover on the stands’ rail behind the furious early pace. Making smooth progress past halfway, he ran into a pocket temporarily, but as Arakan and Kieren Fallon kicked to the front approaching the furlong marker, that opened up the space for Stevens to commit the chestnut. Hitting the front with 200 yards remaining, he quickened clear for a convincing score. “We got a great trip and Clive said he had a 75- yard punch on him,” Stevens, enjoying his second Royal Ascot success, commented. ”Fortunately we ran into some traffic which helped me because he was eager to go on earlier than it was going to take.” Third in the G2 Gimcrack S. last August, Membership relishes seven furlongs and fast ground. Under those conditions this term, he was third behind subsequent G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Indian Haven (GB) in the Listed European Free H. and runner-up to Trade Fair (GB) in the Listed King Charles II S.

Gary Stevens guides Summer Colony to an impressive win in the Molly Pitcher (G2)

 

 


Buddy Gil makes a move wide on his way to winning the Santa Anita Derby (G1) - the 9th for GARY STEVENS - beating Bill Shoemaker's. record.

Said Gary about the 2003 Kentucky Derby : Buddy Gil (Eastern Echo) “didn’t break very well and all I could do was save ground. I really only got him to run an eighth of a mile. My trip was over after the second stride out of the gate, so we’ll wait for the Preakness.”

Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Buddy Gil (Eastern Echo) will get some time off following his sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, according to trainer Jeff Mullins, who revealed that X rays taken on Sunday morning showed bone chips. Mullins, who trains the Kentucky-bred gelding for Desperado Stables, would not say where the chips were located or how severe they were. “He’s going to the shelf for a while,” Mullins said. “He’s going to get some rest because he’s had a hard campaign. We’ll take more X rays later in the week to determine whether or not he’ll need surgery or just rest.”

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